No. 5 Stanford takes down No. 6 Cal behind six individual titles
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 5 Stanford opened its season on Saturday with a victory at No. 6 California, outscoring the Bears 425.000-411.150.
Stanford recorded the highest team score on 5 of 6 events and saw six different Cardinal gymnasts earn individual first-place finishes.
The Cardinal began its season on pommel horse and was led by All-Americans junior Chris Turner and senior John Martin with scores of 14.400. Energized by the second of the back-to-back meet-high routines, the entire Cardinal team left its bench to congratulate Martin after his performance.
The Cardinal had difficulty on floor with just two athletes hitting their routines. Stanford was led by 2012 NCAA floor champion Eddie Penev, who anchored the Cardinal with a meet-high score of 15.650. It was just what Stanford needed to get the momentum moving in its favor heading to vault.
Stanford began to find its rhythm with a series of consistent vault performances capped by All-American Sean Senters' team-high vault of 15.050. Freshman Kevin Baker, making his collegiate debut at the meet, also delivered on vault, sticking his landing clean and recording a score of 14.600.
On rings, Senior James Fosco led the way with a meet-high 15.300. Senior Jordan Nolff finished second and was the only other gymnast in the meet to record at least a 15.000.
Baker continued to impress on vault, delivering a solid performance and scoring 14.200.
Stanford started strong on high bar with a clean routine from sophomore Brian Knott scoring a meet-high 14.450. Senior Paul Hichwa finished second with a strong performance, recording a 14.300. Knott and Hichwa were the only gymnasts to score above 14.000 in the meet.
The Cardinal finished on a high note, recording three consecutive scores of 14.700 on parallel bars by Knott, Penev and Cameron Foreman.
Penev and Senters finished first and second in the all-around with scores of 85.200 and 80.200, respectively.